Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri separatist leader, resigns from Hurriyat Conference

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Updated: Jun 29, 2020 4:39 PM

Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has resigned from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani Syed Ali Shah Geelani resigns from All Parties Hurriyat Conference. (File pic)

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has resigned from the Hurriyat Conference, news agency ANI reported on Monday morning. Geelani released an audio message wherein he made the announcement.

In a four-line letter and an audio message to the media, a spokesperson for the 90-year-old leader said that Geelani has announced complete dissociation from Hurriyat Conference forum.

“In view of the present situation, I resign from All Parties Hurriyat Conference. I have informed all the constituents of the Hurriyat about the decision,” the ailing separatist leader said. Geelani had floated Hurriyat Conference in 2003 by enforcing a vertical split in the amalgam.

Geelani has written a detailed letter to all constituent parts of the amalgam about the reasons behind his decision to leave the Hurriyat Conference, of which he had been nominated as a lifetime chairman. Geelani said the activities of Hurriyat Conference members currently in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were being investigated by the amalgam for various allegations.

“The activities of these representatives were limited now to seeking access to assemblies and ministries for joining the government there (PoK). Some members were expelled while others started holding their own meetings. These activities were endorsed by you (constituents) by holding a meeting here to endorse their decisions,” Geelani said in his two-page letter.

He also referred to inaction by the Hurriyat members post the scrapping of Article 370 that granted special status ti the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Modi government had in August last year abrogated Article 370 and divided Jammu an Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu division and Ladakh division.

Geelani said he sent messages through various means to decide the next course of action but all efforts went in vain.

“Now that the sword of accountability is hanging over your heads for the financial and other irregularities, you thought of calling the advisory committee meeting,” he alleged.

Geelani noted he was forced by the constituent parties in 2003 to take over the reins of the Hurriyat Conference and later, made lifetime chairman. He said the lack of discipline and other shortcomings were ignored.

The development comes at a time when the Centre has cracked the whip on separatists. The Modi government has already stopped the perks that were being handed out to the separatists and withdrawn security and other facilities like travel. The government has also launched a probe by the NIA into their funding.


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